October reading round up...
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
'In the Easter of 1976 a group of Catholic pilgrims from London journey to the wilds of Lancashire for a retreat, during which they hope to cure the narrator’s mute, mentally disabled brother, Hanny. The trip is led by a new priest, Fr Bernard McGill, who struggles to overcome the lingering presence of his predecessor who died in mysterious circumstances shortly after the last visit.'
The gothic and atmospheric writing in this is brilliant and the descriptions of the Loney make you feel as if you are there. My main problem with this was that it was very slow paced and not much happened which wouldn't have bothered me too much as the writing was great but there were too many loose threads that didn't go anywhere and too many things left unanswered. 2.5/5
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (audiobook)
'In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."
I'm not a Star Wars fan but I do like Carrie Fisher. Here she talks about her unusual chldhood, alcoholism, having Bipolar and other stuff with such warmth and humour. There were quite a lot of moments I was laughing along with her and listening to this as an audiobook made it so much more enjoyable as Carrie read as if she was sat chatting and you really got a sense of her unique character. 3/5
Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse
'When the artist Marianne Glass falls to her death, everyone insists it was a tragic accident. Yet Rowan Winter, once her closest friend, suspects there is more to the story. Ever since she was young, Marianne had paralyzing vertigo. She would never have gone so close to the roof's edge.'
This was an ok thriller if a little slow and predictable but the writing was good so I think I'll try some more books by this author. 3/5
Mind the Gap Vol.1 by Jim McCann
'Elle Peterssen is young, wealthy, and beautiful - and there is a reason someone tried to kill her. Only, Elle doesn't remember any of this.'
Artwork was great but the characters were unlikeable the story was meh and the dialogue was terrible. 2/5
The Unbelievable Gwenpool Vol.1 by Christopher Hastings
'Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you...until she woke up in a world where the characters she read about seemed to be real! But that can't be, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something, right? And you know what that means...NO CONSEQUENCES! Could Gwenpool truly be Marvel's least responsible and least role-modely character to date? She can if she tries!'
LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! Lots of fun, nice bold colourful artwork and Gwenpool is full of sass and attitude. 4/5